Blogger Spotlight: Delightfully Tacky

Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky in her Minnetonka Moosehide Driving Mocs

We love the mix of prints in this fall look styled with a pair of Double Fringe Tramper Boots and Fringe bag

Elizabeth in her Minnetonka 'must-have' item, a pair of Thunderbird mocs

Blogger Spotlight:  Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

We always adore the perfect mix of modern and vintage inspired styles Elizabeth incorporates into the outfits she creates on her blog, Delightfully Tacky. Take a look at a few of the chic fall outfits Elizabeth styled incorporating a few of her favorite Minnetonka products including the Double Fringe Tramper Boot, Moosehide Driving Mocs and Fringe Bag.

Find out a little more about Elizabeth’s Minnetonka story and what inspires her style in our Q&A! Plus stop by Delightfully Tack today and enter to win a pair of Double Fringe Tramper Boots.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I got my first pair of Minnetonka mocs when my family was on a cross country RV trip. We were camping in West Yellowstone and went shopping through all the little tourist shops and one of them had Minnetonka for sale.  My mom had always told me how her Thunderbird mocs were her favorite shoes growing up, and I’d always wanted a pair because of that, so when I saw them I knew I had to get a pair.  They instantly became my favorite shoes and I wore them nonstop until they were chewed to pieces by my ex-boyfriend’s mom’s Rottweilers (I’m sure they just thought they smelled like tasty leather dog treats!).  It was especially sad because not only did I lose my favorite shoes, but he had broken up with me that week.  Talk about adding insult to injury!

Thankfully, the next week as I was driving to my parent’s house I spotted a little shop on the side of the highway that had a sign out advertising moccasins.  I decided to quickly pull over and see if they were Minnetonka’s and they were!  So I got myself a brand new pair of Thunderbirds and have been wearing them ever since!

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Vintage inspired, infused with an eclectic mix of modern styles.

Whose style inspires you? Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m most inspired by other bloggers.  I’ve never been able to identify with the style I see in magazines, so when I discovered personal style bloggers I was excited to see normal girls like myself being creative in their own personal style.  To me, magazines were always about selling trends and designer clothes, but bloggers were all about shopping according to your own budget and styling yourself in a way that inspires you and makes you feel good.  I find that incredibly inspirational.

What’s your favorite thing about dressing for fall?
My favorite thing about fall dressing is just getting to wear boots and scarves and hats again, and being able to pull out all my favorite jackets.  I actually just got an awesome cape, so I guess I’ll say that my favorite fall trend is capes.  I love how they add an air of intrigue in a chic way.  I always feel a bit like a character out of a fairy tale when I wear my cape.

What song do you currently have on repeat?
I’ve been listening to this mix nonstop lately.  It has two of my favorite songs, Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra, and Down in Mexico by The Coasters.  So much awesome in one mix.

What’s your favorite city and why?
Lately I’ve been feeling a lot of love for my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska.  Growing up there, it’s just normal.  You’re just a kid living in a town like every other kid in other places.  But having grown up and finding myself living in the Lower 48, I’m beginning to get a different perspective and I really appreciate how special Anchorage (and all of Alaska) is.  The landscape alone is awe inspiring, but really there’s something about people who live there that is a bit different, which I think comes from this unspoken sense of “being in this together.”  Since Alaska is so far away from the rest of the states, it’s inhabitants learn to lean on one another for support.  Not to say that people in the Lower 48 don’t support one another (we see this happen all the time with stuff like the recent hurricane), but down here we can draw on all the people in the states around us for support and we’re much more visible to the media and one another.  In Alaska that large support system isn’t there, so it’s much more of an internal sense of support, if that makes sense. Anchorage may not be the most chic or trendy city in the US, but it’s got something special that I have yet to find anywhere else.

My Minnetonka must-have item is _____________.
My Thunderbird mocs

Store Spotlight: Covered Bridge Gift & Leather Shop

Covered Bridge Gift & Leather Shop located in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

So many Minnetonka styles to choose from!

The Holze-Brucke bridge, a Frankenmuth Landmark.

 

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Covered Bridge Gift & Leather Shop  775 S Main Street Frankenmuth, Michigan

Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop is located in the German themed town, known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth, Michigan.  The store is owned and operated by the William “Tiny” Zehnder family, who introduced the Alpine architecture to the City of Frankenmuth in 1968.

Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop is a bustling store of 3,723 square feet, and is currently one of the 100+ specialty stores in Frankenmuth, which hosts nearly 3 million visitors each year.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop, is known for its selection of leather goods including belts, hats, purses, and footwear, and of course our wide selection of Minnetonka products. We have enjoyed working with Minnetonka for nearly 20 years!

Guests return year after year for the latest Minnetonka styles.  Our customers love the look, feel, excellent quality and comfort of Minnetonka products.  Currently, our selection of Minnetonka makes up 105 square feet of our store and includes moccasins, sandals, slippers, and boots for men, women and children.

What is a ‘must see’ destination when visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan?
The Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop derived its name from its close proximity to a Frankenmuth Landmark, known as the “Holz-Brucke.” A 230 ton Town Lattice style wooden covered bridge which was built in 1979 by the William “Tiny” Zehnder Family.  The Holz-Brucke, the largest wooden covered bridge built in the 20th century, spans the Cass River and provides access for cars, busses, and pedestrians. The bridge is one of the most photographed and uploaded sites in Frankenmuth and has found its way into the pictures of thousands of visitors over the years and has been the location of many weddings.  The history and construction of the bridge can be viewed daily in the Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop.

Enter to Win the Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!

The holiday shopping season is knocking on your door, and to kick it off Minnetonka is launching the 1st Annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!

Are you a Minnetonka retailer? Get creative with your team and create a festive display that reflects the spirit of your store, and Minnetonka, for the chance to have your store featured by Minnetonka to our fans during the holiday season!

ENTRY DETAILS:
All entries must be submitted to myminnetonkastory@minnetonkamocc.com by Friday, November 30, 2012.

  • Create a festive display that reflects the spirit of Minnetonka and your store
  • Submit a photo of your store’s Minnetonka holiday display along with telling us which three styles are on the top of your store’s Minnetonka wish list this holiday season
  • From November 28 – December 7, Minnetonka will feature different holiday displays and allow Minnetonka fans to vote on their favorites on the Minnetonka blog (Encourage your store fans to vote!)
  • Store display finalists will be posted  December 10 – 14, 2012 when fans can cast their final vote for the Grand Prize winner announced on Saturday, December 15.

Store Spotlight: Horsetown

Meet the staff at Horsetown South in Locust Grove, owner Karen Pollard along with employees Lisa and Kelly.

A wide assortment of Minnetonka products for the whole family!

Visit the Horsetown East store in Snellville Georgia and meet Kathy, Kayla Ann & Brenda waiting to help you pick out your next pair of Minnetonka mocs!

 

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Horsetown
Horsetown South, Locust Grove, Ga.
Horsetown West, Marietta, Ga.
Horsetown East, Snellville, Ga.

Go behind-the-scenes with Atlanta Western store, Horsetown and check out the Minnetonka style and story of owners, the Otto Meier family, in our Q&A!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
We started carrying Minnetonka products almost 22 years ago in our original or “home” store located in Marietta Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.  As we added stores in the area, first Snellville and then Locust Grove, it was only natural to include a Minnetonka selection in our new stores as well.  We are the largest full service Western and English retailer in the Georgia area and are happy to carry the largest selection of Minnetonka styles!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style at Horsetown?
Currently our best selling Minnetonka styles are the Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe boot, Double Fringe Side Zip boot and the Kilty suede moc.  However as the cooler weather approaches, the Cally slipper and the shearling styles are both very popular with our customers.

What is your favorite style of Minnetonka boots to wear?
In our family I would have to say the Sheepskin Ankle Boot is worn year around.  Almost every member of our family owns a pair, as do many of our store managers!

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs?
Our lifestyle is Western Casual, and Minnetonka fits every aspect of our daily style, whether it is jeans, skirts, or dresses.  Of course that is when we are not wearing cowboy boots!

What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting the Atlanta area?
One unique place to visit  is  ‘The World Of Coca-Cola,’ in Downtown Atlanta.  This exhibit provides a complete history of the world’s favorite soft drink!  Stone Mountain is one of the area’s largest attractions, we think of it as the Mt. Rushmore of the south.  And of course Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team and Falcon’s football is fun to visit as well.